Incident 1: The Greater Noida Authority notified the village land of Sahberi and later took physical possession of it by entering it in revenue records
Incident 2: The Greater Noida Authority deposited the compensation in the district treasury to be given to farmers whose land was acquired.
Incident 3: After formalizing the process of the Land Acquisition Act, the land was allotted to the real estate developers.
Incident 4: The farmers of Sahberi Village were not given an opportunity to file their protest under section 5 of the Land Acquisition Act (LA Act).
Incident 5: The bench of Allahabad High Court, comprising Justice Sunil Ambwani and Justice K.N. Pandey, quashed the acquisition of land by the Greater Noida authority in Sahberi village in Gautam Budh Nagar where leading builders Amrapali, Supertech and Mahagun have launched their residential schemes under the name of Noida Extension.
Buyers Take on Builders
The flat buyers in Noida Extension got involved in this episode unknowingly and are facing plenty of problems. They invested their hard earned money in their dream home but now they feel cheated. Initially, the case was limited to Sahberi Village but gradually all the villagers residing in the nearby villages are filing their petitions in the court. Now, the home buyers who have invested in Noida Extension Real Estate projects are worried about their money.
Commencement of NEOMA
Flat buyers are connecting with each other to stand against this scnerio. To serve the purpose, various online discussion forums and social media forums like Facebook, Twitter etc. prove to be a great medium. People are venting out their frustration against builders via such mediums. On Facebook, they have formed a separate group to oppose the builders and have named it ‘Noida Extension Owners and Members Association’ (NEOMA). The members include professionals from all walks of life.
The purpose and objective of NEOMA is to keep updated to all the future residents of the Noida /Noida Extension based on the users feedback. This is the online forum where users can make their decisions, comment on anyone’s decision, take suggestions from each other and raise their voices in case of any issue.
Progress in Case
Initially, Satya Pal Chaudhary (the farmer leader) and 20 affected farmers filed the case before the Allahabad High Court against the ‘arbitrary acquisition’ of land by not giving farmers an opportunity to file their objections. The high court clubbed the 21 cases together and initiated legal proceedings. In the judgment, the court observed that the entire process of acquiring the land was illegal.
Gradually, hundreds of farmers from Patwadi, Bisrakh, Khairpur, Milak Lacchi, Jalalpur, Vaidpura and Sadullapur villages have approached the court to seek reversal of acquisitions in their areas too. Moreover, the farmers committee said it would file an application in the Noida court under Section 156( 3) of CrPC seeking directions to lodge a criminal case of murder, attempt to murder, loot, kidnapping, rioting and assaulting women against the officials responsible for the Bhatta-Parsol bloodshed.
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